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December 2015

By Susan Pohorski
If you and your child are looking for careers with a bright future, consider the many occupations in Information Technology, or IT. As parents, our job is to prepare our children for the future. To help them learn the skills necessary to live their lives independently. We want them to be able to...
By Susan Pohorski
Your child wants to get a degree from a University of Wisconsin campus, but you want him or her to stay home for a few years to save money. So what are the options for students who start out at a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) school and transfer to a UW System school? Good news! There’s...

November 2015

By Susan Pohorski
What if there was a way to increase the probability that your child would enroll in college, make a smooth transition and graduate? Would you take advantage of it? Researchers have found that students who take college-level courses while in high school enroll in college without delay, take more...
By Susan Pohorski
false As a young person, I always assumed I would go to college. Both my parents went to private 4-year colleges and I just thought that’s what you do after high school. I didn’t really question it. What about your child? Is your teen following the same assumption? Or is he or she questioning 4-...

October 2015

By Susan Pohorski
What comes to mind when you think of college classes? Large lecture halls filled with students nodding off? Looking down on an instructor standing in front of a projected presentation? For many of us, this is not the most desirable way to learn. Most of us want the Cheers atmosphere—“Where...
By Susan Pohorski
If you feel like you are worth more than your high school transcripts show, you may be right. Most people know you need to provide your transcript when applying to college, but did you know you can present evidence of other training, certification, work experience or examination scores to earn...

September 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Many students don’t even bother to apply for college because they think it’s unaffordable. Families struggling to get by or those with several children don’t see how college education is possible for them. On the contrary, there are many financial aid options for low-income students in Wisconsin,...
By Susan Pohorski
You may have heard other parents complain about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Many families dread having to go through this each year. While the federal government is working on simplifying the process, there will still be some work and advance preparation to filling out...
By Susan Pohorski
One of the strongest pressures young people face in middle and high school is peer pressure. No wonder they graduate from high school and don’t know what they want to do with their lives. They’ve been doing what everyone else wants to do for so long, they never learn what they really want or like...

August 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Let’s be honest here. Are you encouraging or expecting your child to attend a 4-year college or university because it is the best choice for him or her? Or are there other reasons? Maybe you remember all the good times you had in college, the fraternity parties, the football games and dormitory...

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